Macaulay Students Support Local Production “Baseball: A New York Love Story” on THIRTEEN

September 20, 2010 | Macaulay Honors College

Show premieres September 26 at 10:30pm on Public Television, Hosted by Sportscaster Bob Costas.

Multi-Part Series Provides a Local New York Perspective To Coincide With Ken Burns’ The Tenth Inning on PBS

Three Macaulay students joined the production team for the multi-part series, Baseball: A New York Love Story which airs beginning Sunday, September 26 at 10:30 pm on THIRTEEN, and on WLIW21 on Monday, September 27 at midnight. The series will be hosted by sportscaster Bob Costas.

Daniel Cowen ’11 served as Director of Photography, and Christine Berrios ’13 and Irene O’Hare ’13 served as Production Assistants. All three are Macaulay Honors College students at Hunter College. Sam Hasty ’12 of Rutgers University and Brian Taylor ’10 of Brooklyn College also served on the production team.

Macaulay alumnus Dan Allen ’08 (Hunter College) was associate producer for the series, working with producers Marc Rosenwasser and Ivette Felicano and associate producer Dorothy Pacella, Executive Director, Friends of Thirteen, Inc.

Baseball: A New York Love Story is a production of Creative News Group (CNG) for WNET.ORG, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers.

This summer, WNET.ORG asked viewers to share their favorite baseball memories. The series producers then interviewed dozens of fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants and of the Yankees and Mets who had written or called in.

The broadcast, commissioned to run alongside Ken Burns’s The Tenth Inning, will cover more than 60 years dating from Jackie Robinson’s debut in 1947 through the Yankees’ 27th world championship in 2009. The film includes stories, sometimes humorous, sometimes bittersweet, about the game’s impact on New Yorkers throughout the years.

Unlike other broadcasts, which tell the story team-by-team or era-by-era, Baseball: A New York Love Story takes a thematic approach to the games and the fans’ recollections. For instance, the series will begin with an episode called, “Brushes with History,” and will include stories from fans who wandered into or somehow became part of New York baseball history. Another episode titled “Learning to Love, Loving to Hate,” explores the joy fans, fathers and sons and brothers and sisters all take rooting against one another. Notables interviewed include: Joan Hodges (widow of Gil Hodges) and Gil Hodges, Jr., radio personality Mike Francesa, writer Roger Kahn, former Dodger Joe Pignatano, and award-winning actor Peter Riegert.

About WNET.ORG

New York public media company WNET.ORG is a pioneering provider of television and web content. The parent of THIRTEEN, WLIW21 and Creative News Group, WNET.ORG brings such acclaimed broadcast series and websites as Need To Know, Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Charlie Rose, Secrets of the Dead, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, Visions, Consuelo Mack WealthTrack, Miffy and Friends, Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps and Cyberchase to national and international audiences. Through its wide range of channels and platforms, WNET.ORG serves the entire New York City metro area with unique local productions, broadcasts and innovative educational and cultural projects. In all that it does, WNET.ORG pursues a single, overarching goal — to create media experiences of lasting significance for New York, America and the world. For more information, visit www.wnet.org.

About Macaulay Honors College

Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York offers an exceptional academic and co-curricular environment for the best and brightest students, who come from all parts of New York and around the world. Macaulay students enroll in one of seven CUNY senior colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, Lehman, Queens and Staten Island). Through the unique Macaulay advising program each student develops a coordinated, individualized academic program that includes research, global learning, graduate and professional mentoring, community engagement, and close faculty-student collaboration. Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, every Macaulay student receives a full-tuition scholarship, a laptop and technology support, a $7,500 study grant to pursue global learning and service opportunities, and a Cultural Passport that provides access to more than 200 museums, libraries, and other treasures around New York City. With the admission of the Class of 2014, Macaulay marks the beginning of its tenth year. For more information about Macaulay Honors College, see macaulay.cuny.edu.